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  • #4736

    Bill Leonhardt

    Urban Specialty Hardwoods proposes to hold the following weekend workshop:

    Using Wooden Molding Planes

    Jan 12, 2019 Noon to 5pm & Jan 13, 2019 8:30am to 5pm

    Please recall that Matt Bickford had a booth at our show this year and demonstrated using wooden planes to create a whole variety of profiles on wood. His work and teaching style has attracted us to invite him to hold a 1-1/2 day weekend workshop to teach us how to use the various hollows and rounds that make up many of the profiles we see on furniture, picture frames, etc. The workshop will teach how use hollows and rounds to sneak up on the specific profiles. You can learn more about Matt at

    In the workshop, each student will be given the use of several planes and will use those to create actual profiles. The class will start off with maintaining the cutting edge, then move to laying out and ultimately sticking (planing) several moldings that will range from simple coves and ovolos through ogees, cymas and various combinations. Students will have the opportunity to bring their own performing planes or they can use newly made planes by Matt. Students will also have the opportunity to use a large range of planes. Each student will leave with picture frames and the ability to transfer moldings he or she sees in person or print into wood and onto their project.

    In order to fully be able to utilize Matt’s planes in the class, each student will need to work on a solid work surface (aka workbench). Urban can only supply a small, limited number of work stations and we will need to determine how to supplement these. You will need to have a portable workbench to bring or make arrangements with us. If you’re thinking WorkMate, it will need to be weighted and braced to withstand planning forces. Please indicate if you have a bench when contacting us. Other tools you would need are: A small hammer with a plastic, leather or brass head, small square, small bevel gauge and a circle template.

    This will be a small group. We are looking to get about 10 to 12 students to keep the cost of this workshop at about $200 with an additional $25 material fee. The costs will depend on the number of students and it’s important that we get a commitment early so we can pin down the costs. Urban will supply coffee and bagels and lunch on the second day. If we don’t get a reasonable minimum number of students, we may need to cancel as the cost per person will become too high. Please email Bill Leonhardt ASAP if interested:

  • #4737

    Joe Bottigliere

    Sign me on, Bill.
    I’m not sure if I will use molding planes extensively, but Matt’s techniques were very interesting and I’d like to understand more. There is always an application for the little tidbits you pick up at these events. You never know what you might learn. Thanks!

  • #4749

    Charlie James

    Bill, I can’t make it. Thanks for setting it up though, molding planes are a good bit of fun to learn about and use. Sometimes you have to make 2 due to changes in the woods grain direction but it’s a part of the job. Charlie

  • #4750

    Justin Matranga

    I’m in for the class. I really enjoyed talking w Matt at the show. The class sounds like a great idea.

  • #4760

    Tom Schneider

    Yup, sign me up!

  • #4784

    Daryl Rosenblatt

    I mentioned this at the general meeting; I couldn’t be at the cabinetmakers, but this class will indeed need a good workbench, something stout. So I’ve designed a portable one (you can take it apart). It’s not apparent from the attached sketch, which is page one, but there are also two more pages of cutlists and plans, plus another of instructions. It’s not as though I charge members for things like this, but to really create an incentive, this one is available free from me (all four pages) once you commit to the class (Because it’s a great class and I really want us to pull this off). This is a knock down bench you can build from 2 x 4 sheets of plywood (I hate lugging 4 x 8 sheets), and some 2 x 4s and 4 x 4s (all available in any lumber yard or big box store for a few dollars per piece of lumber); you just provide the hardware. So here is page one, so you know what the basic bench looks like. It can be customized any way you want. I can email or even snail mail (if you are close enough I can deliver it or you can pick it up).

    The bench requires some basic tools only. A circular or table saw for the plywood, some way of cutting dadoes in the lumber (you can use a router, a table saw and a regular blade to nibble away, or a dado blade, and chisel and mallet if you really want to), and a drill and driver. That’s about it.

    I didn’t draw holes for hold downs, but Harry does have available some Gramercy Tools Hold Downs that works in a 3/4″ hole, I don’t know the prices. To weigh the bench down on the shelf, I intend to use Bill Leonhardt’s excellent suggestion and get a couple of cases of water bottles. So sign up with Bill, and tell him to let me know if you then want the bench plans. But you really really really have to come for what will prove to be a great class.

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